* Shunned summons: Ozekhome, Pedro, Quakers differ with Falana (Vanguard) * APC taking Nigerians for fools, says Obasanjo (Punch)

* Shunned summons: Ozekhome, Pedro, Quakers differ with Falana (Vanguard)                  * APC taking Nigerians for fools, says Obasanjo (Punch)



Shunned summons: Ozekhome, Pedro, Quakers differ with Falana (Vanguard)

The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at Inspector- General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, asking him to stop holding on to the straw on why he refused to comply with the invitation to explain what the Police were doing to check the spate of killings across the country. According to the Senate, the real reason for the invitation of the IGP was for him to brief the lawmakers on the cases of wanton killings in the land and how to remedy the situation. This came as four senior lawyers differed on the powers of the Senate to invite the IGP. While, Mr Femi Falana, SAN,  said the Senate lacks the powers to summon the IGP, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN; Mr Lawal Pedro, SAN; Norrison Quakers, SAN, disagreed, saying the Senate was constitutionally empowered to summon the IGP. Read more

APC taking Nigerians for fools, says Obasanjo (Punch)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says the ruling All Progressives Congress is taking Nigerians for fools while “revelling in an unrepentant misgoverning of Nigeria.” This is coming as the promoter of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement also disclosed that the movement had adopted the African Democratic Congress as a political platform to actualise its dream for a new Nigeria. Obasanjo said this on Thursday evening while briefing journalists at his presidential library home in Abeokuta. While lashing out at the ruling party, the former President said most Nigerians today were poorer than when the APC came in adding that the country had been further  impoverished with foreign loan jumping from $3.6bn to over $18bn. Read more

Don’t collect dirty notes from banks, CBN urges customers (SUN)

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), yesterday blamed commercial banks in the country for sabotaging its efforts at replacing mutilated notes with new ones. Mr. Isaac Okorafor, Acting Director, Communications Department of CBN, made the allegation in Lagos on Thursday, while reacting to lamentations of Nigerians on the preponderance of dirty and mutilated notes in the country, said the apex bank was aware of the development and had taken several measures to address it. According to him, one of the steps taken by CBN in mopping up the mutilated notes from the system was reduction in the amount it charges banks for sorting the dirty notes for clean ones from N12,000 to N1,000 per box. Read more

Ex-militants to Buhari: Distribute oil blocks to states (Vanguard)

As a precondition to lasting peace in the Niger Delta, ex militants from the region, yesterday, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resist the temptation of renewing the expired licences of all oil firms and other high placed individuals operating in the area. Instead, they asked the president to redistribute the oil wells among the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, saying that the mineral resources though explored from the Niger Delta belong to the Nigerian people. Reacting to reports on the renewal of the expired oil licences, the ex-militants under the aegis of “Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators,” in a letter to the President, said that the sharing of the oil blocks among the states was the only panacea to enduring peace in the region. Read more

Again, Senate knocks IG, says he’s afraid of his own shadow (Punch)

The Senate on Thursday made a U-turn on its reason for insisting that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, should appear before the upper chamber of the National Assembly. The Senate said the IG was invited particularly to address the legislature on the spate of killings across Nigeria and not the prosecution of Senator Dino Melaye. It insisted that Idris was not fit to hold any public office, saying the police boss was clutching at straws with his excuses for ignoring summons by the lawmakers. The senators also said that the IG’s refusal to honour their invitations were an indication that Idris was afraid of his own shadow. Read more

PDP asks EFCC to probe Aregbesola’s govt (Punch)

The People’s Democratic Party has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission to beam their searchlights on the finance of the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola. The PDP chairman in Osun State, Mr. Soji Adagunodo, made this call at a press conference in Osogbo on Thursday. The senator representing the Osun East Senatorial District at the Senate, Ademola Adeleke, and many governorship aspirants of the party including a former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade; a former Speaker, Adejare Bello, and Chief  Nathaniel Oke (SAN),  were present at the briefing. Read more

Things can be better, says Oshiomhole (Nation)

Former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole yesterday joined the race for All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman, with a message to party members that he would not be anybody’s poodle. Things can be better, Oshiomhole said. The former Labour leader, who announced his plan in Abuja, said he was not reluctantly contesting the position because anybody wanted him to do that but he felt that he could add value to the party and to deepening democracy. The former Labour leader praised the efforts put into building the party by the founding chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, as well as the current national chairman, Chief John Odigie- Oyegun, saying history will speak positively about them and their contribution to democracy. Read more

Stop herdsmen’s killings, Awujale tells FG (SUN)

A foremost traditional ruler and Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, has called on the Federal Government to end herdsmen killings in the country. The Awujale made the call at the second annual professorial lecture on ‘Civil Society and Governance in Nigeria’s Evolving Democracy which held in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, yesterday. Oba Adetona also urged security agencies to tackle cases of armed robbery, thuggery and kidnapping currently ravaging the country. He said before colonial rule, traditional rulers were in control of governance and welfare of the people, adding that even when the colonial master came, they recognised their roles as custodian of the people. Read more

Biafra Day: MASSOB demands detained member’s freedom (SUN)

Founder and leader, of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafran Independent Movement (BIM), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has called on the Army regiment in Onitsha, who allegedly arrested one Mr. Wilson Nkanu, to release him. Nkanu was arrested at Awada, Obosi, near Onitsha, for allegedly operating a motorcycle, popularly known as ‘Okada’, which had a Biafra emblem in front of it. The group demanded that Nkanu be released unconditionally or handed over to the nearest police station for prosecution. Meanwhile, ahead of May 22 Biafran Day celebration declared by MASSOB and BIM, Uwazuruike, yesterday, said the non-violence mode of operation has distinctively differentiated BIM-MASSOB from other groups. Read more

JOHESU: Doctors threatens strike (Nation)

Medical doctors have issued a notice of strike to the Federal Government. The doctors, under the umbrella body of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), warned of impending strike should the Federal Government accede to some of the demands of striking health workers. The latest threat may compound the crisis in the sector as a result of the ongoing strike by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), which has been extended to the states and local councils. In a statement yesterday, NMA noted that it opposed any adjustment in salary that could lead to parity between the doctors and other health professionals. The statement, which was signed by the association’s President, Dr. Francis Faduyile and Secretary General Dr. Olumuyiwa Odusote, warned of grievous implication of acceding to any demand that violates collective agreement. Read more

We won’t be complacent on oil price rise; Adeosun tells W/Bank (Vanguard)

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Thursday, in Abuja, held high-level discussions with visiting World Bank Mission, assuring that Nigeria would not be complacent on account of rising crude oil prices. According to her, the government’s priority was to return the economy to growth and that having achieved that objective, it has been working to accelerate growth rate. She said, “We are optimistic and vigilant. We are not getting complacent on oil revenue. It is not the volume of money that comes in from oil, but how well it is used for the good of the people. “As a government, we take the view that growth is very important and our priority was first to get growth and then to accelerate it by creating jobs through improved spending on fiscal infrastructure. Read more

Nigerian Bar Association, don demand end to killings across Nigeria (Guardian)

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and a former council member, Bowen University, Prof Dan Izegbaye, have called for cessation to the killings in parts of the federation.The NBA regretted the rancour between the National Assembly and the executive arm of government, saying the development was hindering passage of the 2018 budget. NBA president, Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud (SAN), made the appeal at the opening of the 2018 NBA National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Kano.Mahmoud, who specifically condemned the incessant killings in Adamawa, Taraba, Zamfara and Benue states, stated that the country was gradually delving into a state of anarchy. His words: “ We are deeply disturbed by the increasing cases of armed banditry and herdsmen’s attacks, leading to violence and loss of lives nationwide. The killings in Adamawa, Zamfara and Benue speak more of the absence or near absence of state institutions in these areas. Read more

Man allegedly steals N8m filters, burns shop (Punch)

A man, Benedict Ekeoch, has been arraigned before an Ebute-Meta Magistrate’s Court on two counts of stealing and arson. He was alleged to have stolen filters valued at N8m and set fire to a shop. The charges read, “That you, Benedict Ekeocha, on December 21, 2017, around 5.50pm, at Trade Fair Complex, Ojo, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did steal Oil and Gas Filters, valued at N8,177,189, property of one Jenkins Uwagbai. “That you, Benedict Ekeocha, did wilfully and unlawfully set fire to a shop belonging to one Jenkins Uwagbai.” Read more

2018 FIFA WC: England friendly will give Eagles psychological boost — Onazi (Vanguard)

Super Eagles midfielder,  Ogenyi Onazi said the Eagles will be in a good frame of mind to confront England on June 2 as the match and others lined up for the national team will boost their confidence for the World Cup starting June 16. Nigeria host the Leopards of DR Congo in Port Harcourt on 28th May, before a prestige clash with England’s Three Lions at Wembley Stadium in London on 2nd June and an encounter with the Czech Republic in Vienna on 6th June. “We are not focusing on any particular game; we are getting ready to face all the teams that we have to play before the World Cup. It is the right mentality to approach the games. Read more

Amstel Malta supports Okpekpe road race (Guardian)

Nigeria’s foremost brewer, Nigerian Breweries, through its premium malt drink, Amstel Malta, has lent its support to the sixth edition of the Okpekpe Road Race scheduled to hold tomorrow in Edo state. The race will feature about 3,000 runners from Kenya, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, Morocco, Israel, Bahrain and Nigeria.  The 10km Road Race, that will start on Apana road and end on Okpekpe road, promises a financial reward for the first 8 winners and the first 5 Nigerians to hit the 10km mark.The Okpekpe International 10km Race is the only race, recognized by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). Edo state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has assured that the state is ready to host this edition of the Okpekpe Road Race. Read more

Brazilian banks allowed to close for World Cup games (Punch)

Brazilian bankers can breathe a sigh of relief: they’ll be allowed to close up and watch the national team in the World Cup on television. Financial authorities in Latin America’s biggest economy have told all banks they can arrange their working hours around the far more important live coverage of the “selecao’s” matches in Russia. Banks “may change the opening hours of their branches on the days of the Brazilian football team’s matches at the FIFA World Cup in Russia 2018,” the Central Bank said on Wednesday. Read more

My successor must respect values – Wenger (Punch)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on his successor to show the same “honesty, loyalty and commitment” to the club as he has displayed throughout his career, Skysports reports. Wenger will take charge of Arsenal for the final time on Sunday when the Gunners travel to face Huddersfield on the last day of the season. Speaking on Thursday at his final press conference, Wenger urged his successor to maintain the club’s values and to respect what he has built during his 22 years in north London. Read more

UK’s May phones Israeli PM over rocket attacks (Memo)

British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned Iran in a phone call Thursday with her Israeli counterpart after Israel accused Tehran of firing rockets from Syria on Israeli forces, Anadolu reports. “We strongly support Israel’s right to defend itself against Iranian aggression,” May said while speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a government statement. She also “noted our statement calling on Iran to refrain from any further attacks and for calm on all sides”. May and Netanyahu “agreed it was vital for the international community to continue working together to counter Iran’s destabilizing regional activity and for Russia to use its influence in Syria to prevent further Iranian attacks”. Read more

Australian police find seven dead in rural town, guns seized (Reuters)

Australian police found seven dead people on Friday, including four children, in a rural town in the Margaret River wine-growing region, and said guns were involved in the killings. The bodies of four children and three adults were found at or near a property in Osmington near the southwestern tip of Australia, Western Australia’s Commissioner of Police Chris Dawson told a news conference. Dawson said firearms were found at the scene. He said there appeared to be gunshot wounds. “I can only describe it as a horrific situation,” Dawson said. “We have no information to raise concern about wider public safety issues at this point in time.” Gun crime in Australia fell sharply after strict controls were introduced in response to a mass shooting in 1996, when a lone gunman killed 35 people in Tasmania. Read more

Election over, new Malaysia PM gets down to business (Reuters)

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad held a meeting of top alliance partners on Friday as he got down to the business of forming a government that, for the first time in the country’s history, will not be from the Barisan Nasional coalition. Mahathir, 92, was sworn into office by Malaysia’s constitutional monarch late on Thursday, becoming the world’s oldest elected leader. He called a meeting of senior members from all four parties in his Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) to gather views on formation of the Cabinet and will later address a news conference, alliance sources said. Read more


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